5176 ring
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An ornament or a status symbol, sometimes used in sacred furnishings or as a charm.

Rings worn as jewellery

Gold nose rings, worn especially by women

These were often given by a suitor as a symbol of betrothal:

Genesis 24:22,30,47; Proverbs 11:22; Isaiah 3:21; Ezekiel 16:12

The signet ring as a sign of authority

Genesis 41:42; Numbers 31:50; Esther 3:10,12; Esther 8:8; Daniel 6:17

People are sometimes symbolically referred to as God's signet ring, having his seal of ownership and authority:

Jeremiah 22:24; Haggai 2:23

Gold ear-rings, worn by men and women

Ear-rings were sometimes used as charms or amulets:

Genesis 35:4; Exodus 32:2-3; Exodus 35:22; Judges 8:24-25

Rings as indications of wealth or status

Job 42:11; Hosea 2:13; Luke 15:22; James 2:2

Rings used in sacred furnishings

On the ark of the covenant

Exodus 25:12-15

On the table

Exodus 25:26-27

In the tabernacle

Exodus 26:24-29

On priestly garments

Exodus 28:23-24

For carrying altars

Exodus 27:4-7; Exodus 30:4; Exodus 37:27

See also

1670  symbols
4333  gold
5139  bracelet
5171  nose
5215  authority
5518  seal
5654  betrothal
5708  marriage
5778  adorning
5915  ornaments
7306  ark of the covenant
7459  tabernacle, in OT

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